Legal Research and Writing Director - Stanford, CA

  • 09 Oct 2019 3:55 PM
    Message # 7925640
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Legal Research and Writing Director

    Stanford Law School seeks to hire a director for its First-Year Legal Research and Writing Program. The LRW Program is comprised of two required courses for first- year law students. In the fall, the two-unit Legal Research and Writing class teaches fundamental legal analytical and writing skills and introduces persuasive brief writing. The course is taught to six sections of thirty students each. Federal Litigation in a Global Context is taught during the winter and spring quarters in ten sections of eighteen students. The course is awarded four units of credit. The director and five academic fellows (Thomas C. Grey Fellows) teach both courses, and four additional lecturers teach Federal Litigation.

    Both courses are currently structured to teach legal writing in litigation-focused simulations. Because SLS is committed to maintaining a curriculum that prepares students for the challenges of diverse and changing work environments, the school seeks to attract candidates interested in innovative approaches to writing pedagogy.

    The director’s primary responsibilities are: (1) to develop the program’s curriculum on an ongoing basis, including revising existing assignments and simulations; (2) to teach a section of LRW and Federal Litigation; (3) to hire, train, and supervise fellows and lecturers; (4) to support and mentor Grey Fellows in teaching and professional development; (5) to stay informed about trends in legal writing pedagogy and scholarship, possibly engage in scholarship on related topics, and provide intellectual leadership on the design of the legal research and writing program; and (6) to provide administrative oversight of all aspects of the program.

    The salary for this full-time position is commensurate with experience. The initial term is for one year, with the possibility of successive three-year or five-year terms. Applicants must have a J.D., law practice experience, legal writing teaching experience, excellent writing skills, and leadership skills to motivate excellent teaching in a collegial environment.

    To apply, submit a cover letter, writing sample, and C.V. by October 25 to Susan Fleischmann, The writing sample can be from law practice or a piece of legal scholarship. Please include 3-4 professional references, and indicate any relevant publications. Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. People of color, women, LGBT candidates, and others from groups underrepresented in the legal academy are strongly encouraged to apply.

    For inquiries about the position or the program, candidates may contact our current director, Jeanne Merino, at

    Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

    Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.

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